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Poster: William Tell Date: Feb 27, 2009 6:33am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Grateful Dead Era(s)????

Hey J--for Gawd's sake I hope you know I am entirely joking when I say things like that...? I value your friendship (jeezzz that feels sorta weird...but it's true) hereabouts as much as anyone, I hope from the note above you don't think I actually have any problem with anything you've ever posted here with our exchanges. I for one feel we will always have the Jan night we GROKKED the PATS to defeat and forever established ourselves on Dire's shitlist.

Anyhow, as to your question, to be honest, at the time I went, I really did enjoy myself, but there was a nagging sense that something was missing. I know you'll think this developed later, when I had changed, but at the time, the best way to describe it would be the kid that begs and begs for something, and then is slightly disappointed with the gift but won't dare tell anyone?

Another way to look at it would be that I never pick a DEAD show as "my best concert ever"...that ALWAYS surprises folks that know me--and I actually feel guilty about it.

But, I will say that I loved the two 75 shows more than any others--9-28 & 6-17, as much as anything for the folks I went with, setting, etc. And I defn don't regret spending the $2.50 between the two of them (it was $5 for the one, and nothing for the other).

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Poster: barongsong Date: Feb 27, 2009 10:28am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Grateful Dead Era(s)????

Hey WT I completely grok what you are saying here
"I really did enjoy myself, but there was a nagging sense that something was missing"
I too had that feeling while I was attending shows and often wished they would play something like they used to back in the 60's or 70's or anytime I hadn't seen them and it wasn't until somewhere in 89-90 I realized that that shit happened before and this is now and this is also very cool and relevant, so I better get all I can out of it while I I'm here. Unfortunately that realization didn't happen until near the end of my Gd experience but it sure made the waning years shows I saw more enjoyable.

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Feb 27, 2009 8:35am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Grateful Dead Era(s)????

right on Tell. I value our friendship here too. I thought I had said something to give you a complex because you singled me out.

I hear what you're saying, it's just for me it's hard because even seeing them when I did they were STILL the only ones that did what they did. Aside from jazz ( like BD mentioned awhile back ), there is no one that could do magical things like the GD. No one. I've seen some great performers but that's not magic. I love live experiences and with the exception of maybe two shows I saw, even a mediocre show beat sitting home watching TV. If I was lucky I had my mind blown, if not lucky the worst was a few moments of serious entertainment.